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Year 3 Autumn Page


This term  we use the book ‘Fly Eagle, Fly’ to explore the importance of self-belief. Children talk about, act out and write around the book’s key theme of ‘potential’. We develop our core writing skills using the stimulus of familiar settings to create our own stories. We also explore the events, characters, settings and ideas within the text ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’, linking with this term’s topic World War II as well as creating our own shape poems.    


We partition numbers and count on and back in tens. We further develop our ability to add and subtract on a number line. We secure our knowledge of number facts and consider properties of shapes.


Our learning includes Light and Shadows and Forces and Magnets. First, we explore what happens when light reflects off a mirror or other reflective surfaces and play mirror games to help us answer questions about how light behaves. We learn why it is important to protect our eyes from bright lights. We look for and measure shadows and find out how they are formed and what might cause shadows to change. We explore the force of different magnets and find a fair  way to compare them. We sort materials into those that are magnetic and that are not and look for patterns in the way that magnets behave in relation to each other. We then identify how these properties make magnets useful in everyday items and suggest creative uses for magnets.


We learn about Christian symbols and places of worship and visit a local church to see examples of what they have studied.


Through circle time discussions we focus on new beginnings.


We use Word and Powerpoint to investigate incorporating text, images and search engines to gather information.


We develop our dance skills during indoor PE and play net and ball games in outdoor PE.


World War II’


Children investigate the impact of how the local area was affected by the blitz and take part in a history walk of the local area looking at sites which have been affected by the war and how they have changed since.  We study primary and secondary sources through examining old photographs and maps and experience evacuation, when taking part in WWII day.  Children participate in WWII style lessons and are later evacuated to a mock underground station. They develop an understanding of chronology by creating timelines and watch a variety of documentary films throughout the term concerning personal experiences in the war. We have an enlightening trip to the Imperial war museum where we discover life in the trenches and first-hand accounts of being an evacuee.  They compare a 1940s house to their own.


In Geography we look at European maps to identify countries involved in the conflict, and consider the transport that was available to evacuees throughout the war. Throughout this part of our topic, children locate European countries and identify cities within these countries.


Our Design and Technology learning focuses on joining and strengthening structures when we create our own Anderson Shelters


We look at colour blending when we create our own silhouette of London’s skyline during the war


The children finish the topic with a V.E. day party.  During this party we have the opportunity to sing songs from WWII which children have been practising as part of their music curriculum. We use this opportunity to develop our music skills by singing as a group and part singing.  The children also consider rhythmic patterns and the historical context of these songs.


We learn basic greetings, simple opinions, the alphabet and numbers.  Children ask and answer how they are feeling, their names and their age.  They learn to spell their names, count up to 100 and produce small dialogues. They also learn about Spanish culture.